Which perfumes are suitable for women and which perfumes are suitable for men

Have you ever wondered why mens perfume are seldom available in Eau De Parfum or Parfum?

The answer to that question can be entirely based on what consumers want and expect from the perfume industry.

In bygone days men were more than happy to buy and wear fragrances with the name Perfume printed on the bottle. In modern times that would be a hard sell as most men expect Cologne or Eau De Cologne printed on the bottle even though there might be Parfum or Eau De Parfum contained within the bottle.

The term Cologne or Eau De Cologne has become a catch all phrase for all strengths of mens perfume. In all honesty, as a women, I ain’t buying my man a fragrance with the name Perfume or Parfum printed on it. If he wants to buy it for himself though, that’s completely up to him 🤔.

Below is a list of how fragrance strenghs are generally marketed at men and women.

Women’s Perfume

  • Perfume Extract or more commonly refered to as Parfum.
  • Eau de Parfum
  • Eau de Toilette
  • Eau de Cologne

Mens Perfume

  • Eau de Toilette
  • Eau de Cologne
  • Aftershave or Splash

For a more in depth look on the different fragrances types you can have a look at the following blog post What is the difference between 17% oil and 30% oil Perfume?

While Eau de Parfum is marketed almost exclusively at women, Eau de Parfum for men do exist if you look hard enough. Since eau de parfum is not generally marketed at men, most men have come to expect fragrances marketed at them in EDT or EDC. Mens perfume are Aftershave (also known as Splash), EDT or EDC (lesser concentration) and female ones are EDP (higher concentration).

Higher concentrations such as EDP give higher projection whereas mens fragrance are supposed to be more subtle. Most men are perfectly happy with eau de cologne or eau de toilette strength perfume.

While womens and mens perfume depends on the perfume sales industry for example how perfumes are marketed and purchasing trends of buyers, the whole idea of what gender perfume belongs to depends entirely on personal taste of what kind of perfume men want to wear.

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